The European Union has hailed the “serious and credible” efforts made by Morocco to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the Sahara regional dispute.
Speaking at a joint press conference held Thursday in Rabat with Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita, EU foreign policy chief said: “We value the serious & credible efforts made by Morocco for resolving the Sahara”.
The EU supports the UN process and the initiatives engaged by UN Sahara envoy for reaching a just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting political solution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, underlined Mr. Borrell.
The EU encourages all parties to continue their commitment with a spirit of realism and compromise based on UN Charter, added the Vice-Pdt. of the European Commission
To counter common geostrategic challenges, the European bloc will work with Morocco to address security threats and terrorism in the region, said Mr. Borrell, noting that the two partners will also enhance their cooperation in multilateral institutions to address global challenges.
On his talks with Bourita, he said “we had a substantial exchange on the long-standing and strategic EU-Morocco partnership. We exchanged on the current geopolitical tensions and challenges. It is up to us to address them with shared responsibility”.
Mr. Borrell conferred the same day with Head of Govt. Aziz Akhannouch who hailed the momentum of EU-Morocco relations and partnership in agriculture, fisheries, finance, investment, green economy, migration and security.
Morocco is EU first economic & commercial partner in Africa. In 2021, trade exchanges between the two partners reached more than € 45 billion, a threefold increase in 10 years.
After Rabat, the EU official will head to Fez for a meeting with professors and students of the Euro-Mediterranean University on regional and international issues of common interest including the Russian war on Ukraine.